Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Target Beauty Box

Hey guys, quick deal! Target is offering up a beauty box filled with 5 samples for only 5$ (includes taxes and shipping!) hurry up though since there are only 20,000 available.

Glossybox Spring Fling March 2013 Review and Swatches

Time for spring flowers with Glossybox. This month, Glossybox was oozing with spring flare - from the flower adorned information card, to the magazine cover featuring a model wearing a flowy dress and a floral crown. This month had a mix of fresh items

The products this month were a combination of products from cosmetics to hair to soap. I love when i get a box with products from all different categories.
Elite Models Liner-
I am always up for trying a new liquid liner. While this isn't the most amazing liner i have ever tried i like that its bold, easy to apply, and opaque. This brown shade is neutral enough to be safe for any look while still being deep enough to define the eye. Fast drying. No smudges. Long lasting.
Full Size: 15$

Koh Gen Do Cosmetics Oriental Plants Emollient Cream-
When i first saw this product i really wasn't sure how to use it. I did have to google it. This product is meant to moisturize and keep skin looking fresh and dewy. While this sample was so small i couldn't really gauge if it really had any effect, i did like trying it
Full Size- 123$

ModelCo Cheek + Lip Tint
I have to be honest, the more times i try this brand the less and less i like it. From their sticky glosses to this tint that doesn't show up on the skin i am just not impressed. I did think that the packaging was cute and had there been a bit more pigmentation i would have been sold.
Full Size -24$

Prestiche Essential Oil Bar Soap-
This product had me at $40 gift Certificate. Yes a real gift certificate not a coupon mascaraing as a gift certificate. This bar of soap really left my skin feeling so soft and i loved, loved, LOVED, the scent of it. I went to the site and turns out they have lots of great natural items to choose from. Though they are a bit pricey i was able to get two bars of soap (one scented chocolate, oh i love confectionery themed products), and only had to pay shipping (yes shipping is a steep $12, but so worth it). I was glad that this product was included.
Full size - 16.99$

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce-
I love the name of this product. Anything with the word fierce in it just tickles my fancy. This product is a shaping spray  designed to keep any style in place. My hair is long, therefor heavy, and keeping any style in place can be a challenge. This product did help to retain volume and style for a bit longer than the average product.
Full size- 17$

Overall the variation of different types of products did impress me. Though i was not a fan of all of them i am glad i could try them, that's the point of a subscription like this anyway, right? Some items fell flat like the ModelCo and Koh Gen Do Cosmetics but products like Prestiche and Elite Models are products i will be (and already have) purchasing/purchased. I liked how many full size products were included (liner, soap, cheek and lip tint). What did you think of the March 2013 Spring Fling Glossybox?

If you are interested in subscribing to Glossybox, it is 21$ a month, free shipping, and you will receive various full size and deluxe sized products to try! Plus the sturdy box is great for storing and organizing cosmetics! You can sign up here!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Allure Summer Beauty Box Sold Out

I hope you were able to get your hands on the Summer Allure Beauty box as it sold out in just under an hour. There will be another beauty box in the fall/around the holidays so if you missed out on this box their will be others!

Hayley Williams Collection Sounds Like Noise, Daydreaming, Riot Gear, and Lightscapade Review and Swatches

Don't you just love a fresh collaboration? I know i do! When i found out that MAC was teaming up the Paramore's Hayley Williams i was pretty excited! Her talent for funky style and passionate lyrics would, not doubt, transfer into this collection and be anything but boring!

Sounds Like Noise-
Finally a bright, matte, TRUE, orange. I am one of those people that looks high and low for shades like this. Oranges that look, well, ORANGE! I am so sick of red's that pretend to be oranges. So, to me at least, this was somewhat of a holy grail. While a matte lipstick, this shade is not terribly drying but neither is it terribly hydrating. Even coverage, opaque, non streaky. It lasts about 6 hours on the lips and only begins to fade with moderate eating. I used a straw and ate breakfast and had it on for at least 5 hours before i found it necessary to reapply. Though limited edition, there is no special packaging. This shade is just about the same color as Genuine Orange, so this would make a great liner for this shade or if this shade sells out (since it is limited) you can always turn to Genuine Orange. Love the vanilla scent that is subtle enough to be enjoyed but not over powering and leaves no taste. Fun shade for spring. (This shade is brighter and more orange than both Neon Orange and Morage, which tend to lean a little darker and more red)

Hayley Williams Sounds Like Noise

Hayley Williams Sounds Like Noise
Hayley Williams Sounds Like Noise
Hayley Williams Sounds Like Noise

Hayley Williams Sounds Like Noise Swatch

This shadow, which has a Veluxe Pearl finish (frost), is a mid tone coral. It has just a light shimmer to it which becomes apparent in natural light. This shade has a good deal of pigmentation and can start off coral and blend into a light orange. Blends easily, does not crease, and should flatter most skin tones.

Hayley Williams Daydreaming Veluxe Pearl
Hayley Williams Daydreaming Veluxe Pearl

Hayley Williams Daydreaming Veluxe Pearl

Hayley Williams Daydreaming Veluxe Pearl Swatch on bare skin without flash
Hayley Williams Daydreaming Veluxe Pearl Swatch on bare skin with flash

Riot Gear-
This creamy and bright true orange is sure to brighten up your nails. While i found this shade a little streaky, it did dry fast, and was opaque in about two coats. Contains conditioners and UV protection so it would be a great shade for those days in the sun at the beach. I did not find this shade to chip easily and when pared with Sounds Like Noise, you can utilize the trend of matching nails to lips. On a side note i feel like this shade makes my hand looked tanned when it really isn't, which is alright by me!

Hayley Williams Riot Gear

Hayley Williams Riot Gear

Hayley Williams Riot Gear
Hayley Williams Riot Gear
Hayley Williams Riot Gear swatch

This high frost, metallic sheen, is one of the most natural highlighters i have seen in a while. Adds just a bit of light to wherever you apply it illuminating the skin. While this shade is nearly transparent, it will make your face look bright. I loved that it was sheer enough to let my skin show naturally through. While frost may sound scary, this shade is actually very flattering on skin tones that are pale to medium. Easy to blend, great pigmentation for the type of product it is, and light weight on the skin. This product does start to fade after about 5 hours, but it excels in every other way.

Hayley Williams Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapde
Hayley Williams Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapde
Hayley Williams Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapde
Hayley Williams Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapde
Hayley Williams Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapde swatch

Overall, i thought this collection was fun, bright, and high quality. I think these products would be great for spring, summer, and fall. I love how they work cohesively as a set to  create a Hayley look, or on their own. This product is Limited Edition, so if you haven't checked it out, please do so before it's gone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box Review and Swatches

I am a big fan of the Urban Decay Deluxe shadows. High quality, ease of blending trendy shades and cute packaging. While having individual shadows is nice, sometimes you just want everything in its compact little place. This palette offers the beauty of Deluxe shadow shades with the convince of a mini palette.
This Box contains 9 shades altogether: Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, and Underground. There are four 5 bright and fun shades and 4 neutral shades. This palette has flexibility in that you can use it to have a pop of color in a neutral look, a full neutral look, a full bright look, or neutral pop. You can do smokey eyes, bright eyes, or even use these as liners. Included is a small sample of primer not pictured here (see back of outer package above).

The packaging of this product is a purple velvet lined box.that closes magnetically. Since there is no locking closure you can not just throw this in your purse. The front has a metal mesh while the back is bare and with minimal information. Inside there is a mirror, two sponge applicators, a bird and flower design along with the shades and their names.

Each of these shades had flawless application. Even without primer these shades had fantastic pigmentation. They felt almost a little moist when applying to the skin. Without primer they last about 4 hours on the lid before fading with primer they can last about 8+ hours without fading. I did not find these to crease and i did not experience fallout.

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadows in Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, and Underground. Bare Skin No Flash.

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadows in Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, and Underground. Bare Skin with flash.

Overall if you are looking for great quality shadows in both brights and neutrals, this product is ideal to pick up. The only downside is no secure closing but aside from this product does not disappoint. You can purchase it on the Urban Decay Website for $16.

Lip Factory Inc March Review and Swatches

After being blown away by my first Lip Factory Inc box i was a bit shocked when i was even more blown away (is that even possible??) by my second Lip Factory box. Only one sample sized product nestled between 7 full sized items (yes, you heard me SEVEN!!!!) make this box a deal that most other beauty boxes will have a bit of trouble rivaling.

I feel that this box really goes back to the roots of what this box is about. While i love the items for other parts of the face there is just something special about getting a box filled with products just to perfect the pout. The range this month was outstanding lip pencil, lipstick, gloss, liquid lipstick, lip sheen, even a lip brush and exfoliater!

What was included in this months box!

OFRA Cosmetics Lipstick in Berry Sexy-
Ever since i became spoiled with the wonderful world of MAC, it has been very hard to please me with other brands of lipstick. I gave the OFRA Cosmetics lipstick in Berry Sexy a try and i really liked how pigmented it was and how creamy it was. A nice full coverage lipstick in a dark berry red. A great for fall. 

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Kiss Off
This sheer pink, glittery, gloss is so much fun. Non sticky and just enough shimmer to be great for spring and not enough to border on middle school. I like the happy medium of this adult glitter gloss that can be worn on its own for a sheer wash of baby pink or layered over a lipstick in the similar shade range.

 NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Deep Red
I am not sure why this box (released in spring) has so many dark fall shades but you can never go wrong with a classic deep red. It's name is very true to it's shade in that you honestly get a deep red shade on your lips. This color is true to the pencil. This shade glides on creamy and effortlessly without bleeding, feeling heavy, or sticky. 

LASplash Cosmetics Diamond Lipgloss in Forbidden
This is your average drugstore gloss. Not fantastic not bad. I did not find this gloss sticky but it did have a little tack. I had a hard time getting enough product on the doe foot applicator and this lead it taking quite a while just to get enough gloss on my lips. Since there was a lack of product on the brush applying this over lipstick just whips the lipstick away. The gloss itself is a sheer pink.

Korres Liquid Lipstick in 13
On the Lip Factory website this product is mistakenly marked as a lip gloss and it most certainly is not. This product is an opaque liquid lipstick that glides on velvety smooth. This nude shade is perfect for spring. Easy to apply with a doe foot applicator that gets just enough product for smooth application. This is great to have in your purse if you are afraid of lipsticks melting or breaking since it allows you lipstick without the worry.

Designer Skin Cosmetics Lip Shimmer
This shimmer is more of a normal sheer lip gloss. I am not sure why it is called a shimmer as there is minimal shimmer. This product comes in a turn and click tube that allows you to brush the product on without any tools needed. You can click as much as as little as you need. 

Dermalogica Lip Renewal Lip Complex Sample
This was the only sample sized product this month and it made my lips feel smooth and free of imperfections. 

Lip Factory Lip Brush
Since receiving this box i have used this brush for everything from OCC lip tars to using lipstick as liners!

Overall this month really was all about the lips. I wish there would have been more seasonal appropriate products and not so many sheer items. Did you get this months Lip Factory box? If so what did you think?